Friday, 02 February 2018 17:42

EMCC fire training program Featured

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EDDINGTON - It takes a lot of dedication, time and energy to become a firefighter.

Eddington fire department is training students with hands on learning task.


Eastern Maine community college live in students do a variety of drills to see what it takes to be a firefighter.


Chris Beaumont the fire science department chair of EMCC fire science program said "So live in students are are interns and they live at an area fire house around the greater Bangor area while they're going to school for their associates degree."


Every Friday they get that group of intern students to do training such as picking up change, which isn't as easy as it sounds.


"That change has been in the freezer for a while so they will have thermal imaging camera and that will show up as a different signature on that thermal imaging camera because it's colder than what we have around us" said Beaumont.


Live in student Robert Mello said "It's a really good... both... You can do hands on training at the station, which I'm there most of the time, and then day to day I'd be going to school."


Some of the students started the fire service at a young age in the junior program.


"When I was in eighth grade so started on a volunteer department absolutely loved it my family helped me get involved with it, and it's something I really have a passion for" said Mello.


They eat, sleep, and breath this while going through the program. They also cross train which means not only will they be firefighters, but they will train on the emergency medical side as well.


"It's doing the job it's working with career firefighters career emt's" said Beaumont.


Applications are available on their website here. You do have to be a full time EMCC student to apply.



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